© 2013 C./R. Rothschild
Dedicated to the memory of M. Naci Aksop
Hold it, don’t let it go,
Don’t hold it too tight, all that you know
Hold it, don’t let it go, don’t hold it too tight, don’t hold it too tight.
Over, over the water (2x)
Mother, now it’s time for us to go over the water
Leaving all that we know to the flow of water
Everything that we were hoping
Through that rippling motion
Some door, forgotten, would open
Over the water, far away
Far away from home (far away), from the only home
I’ve ever known how to be alone
from the only home I’ve ever known how to be alone
What about your mother? What about your sister?
What about your brother? What about your father? (2x)
What about you?
In the shallows, we’ve run aground over the water
The moon is upside down, over the water
Look there as the tide is receding –
someone, broken and bleeding –
fallen, but are you still breathing?
Let the moon come pull you, let the tide come fill you
as the waves go still, you see the face within you (2x)
Onward through the rime and through the snow,
don’t hold on too tightly, don’t let go.
Hold your life just like a little bird,
Naci, I remember every word that you say –
It’s a dangerous life, but you don’t have to run, you don’t have to run away
It’s a dangerous life, but you can look inside –
look inside people’s eyes.
You don’t have to run away.